CIA Director Petraeus resigns; Could he be next Benghazi scapegoat?; Updated

General David Petraeus has resigned his post as CIA Director, citing an extramarital affair.

RT @joshrogin: Petraeus’ statement to CIA staff on his resignation goo.gl/1q5zd

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) November 9, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA.  After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.

As I depart Langley, I want you to know that it has been the greatest of privileges to have served with you, the officers of our Nation’s Silent Service, a work force that is truly exceptional in every regard. Indeed, you did extraordinary work on a host of critical missions during my time as director, and I am deeply grateful to you for that.

Teddy Roosevelt once observed that life’s greatest gift is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I will always treasure my opportunity to have done that with you and I will always regret the circumstances that brought that work with you to an end.

Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country, and best wishes for continued success in the important endeavors that lie ahead for our country and our Agency.

With admiration and appreciation,

David H. Petraeus

The White House has issued a statement in response:

WH statement: Petraeus “was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation… has made our country safer and stronger.”

— Brian Fung (@b_fung) November 9, 2012

Obama reacts to Gen. Petraeus’s resignation: I’m completely confident the CIA will continue to thrive bit.ly/RJSq9w

— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) November 9, 2012

Many Twitterers are reacting to the news with shock and disappointment:

#Petraeus cites extramarital affair in resignation from CIA; 3 decades of heroism & marriage out the window for a cheap thrill. Disgraceful.

— Matt Smitty (@fluentblarney) November 9, 2012

RT @gossipassassin Wow. CIA director Petraeus resigns after admitting an affair. Says “I showed extremely poor judgement.” #cia

— clare bousfield (@bellaphonic) November 9, 2012

I looked up to Petraeus too.

— Steve Nava (@Steve_Nava) November 9, 2012

Holy shit. “@hspi: CIA Director David Petraeus resigns, according to MSNBC”

— Matt Farwell (@mattbfarwell) November 9, 2012

Wow did not see that coming about General Petraeus

— Kirpa Badwal (@k_Badwal) November 9, 2012

Shocked by director Petraeus

— zach durkin (@DHS_Durkin) November 9, 2012

Extra-marital affair huh? WOW Gen Petraeus 37 years yeah very poor judgement. #iQuit

— Li Black (@Queenli) November 9, 2012

Can’t believe this junk with #CIA Director #Petraeus retires following confession of an affair! Why General why?!?!?!?

— Ryan Rose (@PastorRyanWOP) November 9, 2012

Seriously Petraeus?!?. Ughh why do all my heroes have affairs. JFK, Bill, Tiger, now you? Nevertheless you were an amazing public servant.

— Winston Roberts (@wrobers93) November 9, 2012

Yikes RT @breakingnews: CIA Director David Petraeus submits letter of resignation, cites extra-marital affair

— Michael Louis Vinson (@michaelvinson) November 9, 2012

General Petraeus was set to testify next week in a closed hearing on Benghazi:

This Petraeus resignation comes as he is set to testify next week on Capitol Hill in the Benghazi hearing

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 9, 2012

@lisadcnn Petraeus was also set to testify behind closed doors next week about Benghazi.

— Jimmie (@jimmiebjr) November 9, 2012

And for some, the timing of the resignation is extremely suspect:

BREAKING NEWS… Petraeus Resigns….. Timing questionable.. fb.me/21lhU0wCI

— Jan Morgan (@JanMorganMedia) November 9, 2012

PLOT THICKENS: Catherine Herridge of FNC Petraeus has resigned on the eve of critical hearings on Capitol Hill re. Benghazi.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 9, 2012

COINCIDENCE?! Petraeus is set to testify NEXT week at a closed door session on Capitol Hill abt Benghazi. Did BHO push him out? This stinks!

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 9, 2012

coincidence that Petraeus called as a witness on Benghazi and decides to resign?

— Debbie Shumate (@cerdlk) November 9, 2012

Petraeus’ sudden resignation VERY weird considering what happened at #Benghazi. I call bullshit of some sort…

— Judge Abigail (@Ab_Weezy) November 9, 2012

David H. Petraeus (director of the CIA) just sent in his resignation right before he has to testify about Benghazi… suspicious much?

— Zack Brown (@ZckBrwn) November 9, 2012

Petraeus resigns. Why are alarm bells going off in my head about Benghazi? Anyone else?

— Kylie Jane Kremer (@KylieJaneKremer) November 9, 2012

Am I being too cloak-and-dagger for thinking Petraeus was resigned for Benghazi mess, with (real) affair as cover?

— Brett Thomas (@the_quark) November 9, 2012

Seems predictable Petraeus would be the fall guy for Benghazi.

— Jon W Petoskey (@jonwpetoskey) November 9, 2012

Why would #Petraeus resign due to an affair? Democrats have affairs all of the time. Could it be a diversion from #Benghazi? Hmm…#tcot

— Robert F. Hiatt (@RobertFHiatt) November 9, 2012

Petraeus resigns, claims “extramarital affair.” Was supposed to testify re Benghazi next week. This is one very suspicious covert affair.

— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) November 9, 2012

This is Petraeus falling on the sword for not taking blame for #BenghaziCoverUp The alternative must have been death.

— Elisha ^B^ (@ElishaNEWS) November 9, 2012

I’m sure Petraeus resigning was a complete coincidence thisdaylive.com/articles/cia-c…

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 9, 2012

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Update:

Petraeus will no longer be testifying:

With Petraeus’ resignation effective immediately, he will not testify next week & lawmakers are said to be “stunned” by the announcement

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) November 9, 2012

Petraeus will not testify at Congressional hearings next week on #Benghazi. They are expecting someone else to represent the CIA though.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 9, 2012

RT “CIA Dir. Petraeus claims no connex bt resig. & Benghazi. Hell, If he LIES to his wife of 37 yrs, why do we believe him now?” TOUGH.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 9, 2012

So now Petraeus won’t be testifying? How CONVENIENT.

— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) November 9, 2012

Citizens who have been demanding the truth about Benghazi are furious:

How does resigning get Petraeus off the hook for testifying? Any military experts out there know the answer?

— A. J. Delgado (@missADelgado) November 9, 2012

@gkelly20 Petraeus admits to affair, resigns, now suddenly doesn’t have to testify at Libya hearings next week. Something smells.

— Seth (@dcseth) November 9, 2012

UNACCEPTABLE to AMERICA! RT @katrinatrinko: Why on earth does Petraeus NOT have to testify because he’s resigned? That’s absurd #tcot

— slone (@slone) November 9, 2012

So Petraeus won’t be testifying next week at closed #Benghazi hearings. Sine qua non, patriots. Sine qua non. As planned. The fix is in.

— Genevieve (@MrsPolitiKoz) November 9, 2012

Congress needs to subpoena ex-CIA Director David Petraeus to testify on what he did! #TCOT

— MinuteMan1776 (@MinuteMan1776) November 9, 2012

Why can’t PETRAEUS BE COMPELLED to testify by Congress?! 4 dead Americans not enough!!! Tragic.

— Lisa R (@LisaUrcruzen) November 9, 2012

So… Petraeus does not have to testify? Just like that? :/ #tcot

— Rockermom (@therockermom) November 9, 2012

@dawnsbrainVery fishy. Republicans and #MSM must demand that #Petraeus testify at #Benghazi hearings.

— Ken Fischetti (@kfischetti) November 9, 2012

There’s no reason Petraeus shouldn’t testify at the Benghazi hearing, and the president should make sure he does.

— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) November 9, 2012

Petraeus will not testify in Benghazi hearings – Our 4 Dead americans get NO JUSTICE! More cover up

— Ileana G Raspall (@LastFlightIn) November 9, 2012

No. Nobody can. RT @andylevy: Can someone explain why resigning over an affair excuses Petraeus from testifying about Benghazi?

— Debbie M. (@mosesmosesmoses) November 9, 2012

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